Love Is a Funny Thing

Un homme qui me plaît

Director: Claude Lelouch
Country: France, Italy

1969 | 112 min. | French, English
Subtitles: German

Cast_ Jean-Paul Belmondo, Annie Girardot, Marcel Bozzufi, Peter Bergman, Farrah Fawcett Screenplay_ Claude Pinoteau, Pierre Uytterhoeven Camera_ Jean Collomb Producer_ Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine Rights_ Park Circus

Romance, affair, or actually true love? Belmondo and Girardot have to make a fateful decision.

An actress and a composer – both from France, both in relationships – meet on a film set in Hollywood. They become closer, wavering between holding back and letting go. On a road trip through the USA, they explore their feelings for each other until the moment arrives when they need to make a decision.
Annie Girardot and Jean-Paul Belmondo, the recently deceased great star of French cinema, give this intense love story a haunting undertone. Their acting is mirrored in the direction: on the one hand, easy-going, relaxed, carefree; on the other, rendering the increasing gravity of the affair and the implications of their impending decision ever more palpable. Claude Lelouch brings the central themes of his oeuvre to the fore in this emotional melodrama.


Claude Lelouch, born in 1937, is receiving a tribute at the IFFMH in 2021. His best-known works include ›A Man and a Woman‹ and ›Les Uns et les Autres‹. He has won many awards, including the Palme d'Or at Cannes and an Oscar. His latest film is dedicated to his actors.


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